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Serving Sara (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: August 25, 2002
CAP Score: 35
CAP Influence Density: 1.94
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SERVING SARA (PG-13) -- It was figuratively painful to force myself to sit through it.
Production: Mandalay Pictures
Distribution: Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Reginald Hudlin
Producer(s): Dan Halsted, Dan Kolsrud, David Scheer
Written by/Screenplay: Jay Scherick, David Ronn
Cinematography/Camera: Robert Brinkmann
Music: Marcus Miller
Film Editing: Jim Miller
Casting: Heidi Levitt, Monika Mikkelsen
Production Design: Rusty Smith
Art Direction: J. Grey Smith
What I have to say about this "comedy" film probably takes up less space than the credits and the boxart image. As entertainment, *Serving Sara* is not. I am not a movie critic but this movie is a "gimme a break." Hollow characters, shallow plot, absent character building. Vulgar as well as very crude [attempted] humor and foul language. The stereotype middle school locker room intellect. It was figuratively painful to force myself to sit through it.
Joe Tyler (Matthew Perry) is a discontented defense lawyer working as a process server serving legal papers, hating his job but hating it less than court games. Joe's first process serving was to a mobster owner of a bar. Once that was completed Joe was dispatched by his boss, Ray Harris (Cedric the Entertainer) to serve papers on Sara Moore (Elizabeth Hurley) for divorce by her millionaire husband Gordon (Bruce Campbell). Now you know just about all there is to know about the plot. This is a poor excuse for entertainment, not only because of the amount of ignominy in it but because of the amount of ignorance to it.
Fifty-four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 22:11]. Eleven uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and eight without [Deut. 5:11]. Sexual immorality up to and including nudity through steamed up shower doors plus innuendo and crude humor. Inappropriate touch. Vulgar gestures. Exhibitionism. Scant dress. [Gal. 5:19] Adultery [Ezek. 16:58]. Vulgarity with a bull and a cow sex toy [Eph. 5:4]. I really do not want to spend any more time on the Summary/Commentary of this film. Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section tell you what you likely came to find out. And it is definitely a "R-13"
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|NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.|
|"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|